Former Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair has signed for West Bromwich Albion on a season long loan with a view to a permanent move to the Hawthorns in the future.
The 24-year-old spent just one season at the Etihad stadium and after spending much of his time in Manchester on the bench or off the teamsheet all together, Steve Clarke has decided to come to the players rescue and bring him south to the Midlands to help the player salvage what was a promising Premier League and international career.
“He is the type of player we were missing from the squad,” said Clarke after the club announced Sinclair’s signing.
“He is a pure winger, who is quick, direct and scores goals – he has proven that over his career.
“He can play off the right or left and improves our attacking options.
“I know him well and he is a good person, who I know is 100 per cent committed to our cause.”
The Baggies boss would have seen Sinclair during his youth career at Chelsea as Clarke worked as Jose Mourinho’s assistant during the Portuguese manager’s first spell with the Blues and he’s hoping that a lack of playing time last season will inspire Scott to make the most of his opportunities to play much in the same way Romelu Lukaku did last season.
“He is frustrated he did not get the chances to play at Man City last season and hopefully he will take those frustrations out on Premier League defenders this season,” continued Clarke.
“Scott understands he needs to play football and it will be good to work with him again.”
Before his move to City, Sinclair was part of the Swansea side that impressed so many in it’s first season in the Premier League with their fluid passing football, while the summer of 2012 saw him represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.
With just 11 league games and two starts in the Premier League last season, it seemed inevitable that the midfielder would need to move elsewhere this summer to restart his career for both club and country.